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Panhellenic Recruitment Gets Underway at Stan State

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Phi Sigma Sigma members at booth located on the Quad. (Photo Alexia Garcia) 

Thinking of getting involved on campus? As the spring semester at Stanislaus State begins, the start of a new recruitment season is here. Stan State local sororities and fraternities ask that you join them during their recruitment season as there are exciting events approaching.
According to the CSU Stanislaus sororities page, The three national sororities that are a part of the College Panhellenic Association include Phi Sigma Sigma, Alpha Xi Delta, and Phi Mu. Altogether, Stan State has a total of 10 sororities that take part in leadership and Greek Councils.
Qualifications
The qualifications to join a sorority or fraternity include a 2.5 GPA for enrolled students, and 3.0 GPA for incoming freshman students. There is also a fee to join, which is typically referred to as dues. Generally, students apply for jobs on campus to help cover the costs and participating in the events hosted by your organization is key.
Recruitment
Recruitment is a three to four-week timeline dedicated to connecting students with their peers and providing social activities. This is the time when students decide if they might be interested in joining an organization. The goal of recruitment is to show what sisterhood is all about and create a connection that is meaningful.
Natalie Contreras (senior, Business Administration) explained how transfer students may feel overwhelmed but there is an organization to help with that.
“For Panhellenic organizations, we have what is called Continuous Open Bidding (COB) where our recruitment process is more informal than that of a fall semester,” she said. “Joining through COB can be less nerve-racking given that most transfer students or first-time freshmen from Fall semester become more acclimated with campus.”
Phi Sigma Sigma
Founded on November 26, 1913 at Hunter College in New York City, Phi Sigma Sigma welcomes women of all backgrounds and cultures because they want to show that everyone is beautiful in their own unique ways. According to Warrior Hub, their organization values include “Friendship, Faith, Love, Sincerity, Integrity, and Strength.” Their motto is “Aim High.”
Daisi Morales (junior, History) spoke about the different events Phi Sigma Sigma is hosting during the spring semester.
“This semester we are hosting Pie a Phi, basically every dollar we make goes to our philanthropy while our members get pied in the face,” she said. “Another is an Easter Egg hunt, we host an Easter egg hunt for kids and campus life.
Morales explained that these events are typically only done in Spring semesters, while there are others in the fall. 
“In fall we host a kickball tournament, where all the organizations come together and pay $5 to enter and then whoever wins gets a trophy and all the money we get goes to our philanthropy,” said Morales.
Contreras added what her favorite parts of being in a sorority are.
“My membership with Phi Sigma Sigma specifically, has given me friendships that I would not have made otherwise and memories to share and reflect upon post graduation,” she said. “What I have also come to love about Greek life is the connections you will have with Alumni that are eager to share their life experience with you.”
Follow Phi Sigma Sigma on Instagram here.
Phi Lambda Rho
Phi Lambda Rho is an organization that was founded November 13, 1993 at CSU Stanislaus. They promote Chicana/Latina Culture and strive to create a positive and diverse environment.
According to Warrior Hub, “Phi Lambda Rho works hard each and every year to fulfill our four main objects which are: Academic excellence, Promotion of the Chicana/Latina Culture, Community service and maintaining a strong and sincere Sisterhood bond.”
Follow Phi Lambda Rho on Instagram here.
Phi Mu
Phi Mu was founded in 1852 at Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga. According to Warrior Hub, Phi Mu is all about giving back to the community and encourages their motto, “Les Soeurs Fideles,” which translates to the Faithful Sisters. They strive to create long-lasting friendships that bring connections and success with it.
Paulina Bennett (sophomore, Psychology) shared some events that Phi Mu is hosting during the month of February.
“This whole month of February we had recruitment events such as our galentines event as well as our “Bring your A Game” where we played board games with each other,” she said. “We are also inviting girls to come and join us at the homecoming game.”  
“My favorite part about Greek life is getting involved and coordinating events with each other or other orgs on campus,” Bennett added. “Being in Phi Mu is a great opportunity for women who are looking for a sisterhood and a great bond with others and provides great leadership opportunities.” 
Follow Phi Mu on Instagram here.
Alpha Pi Sigma
Founded in 1990, Alpha Pi Sigma is a Latino Fraternal Organization that supports Latina’s and their development of leadership, empowerment, and community service. They support diversity and inclusion in their communities.
According to CSU Stanislaus’ Sororities page, “Alpha Pi Sigma’s mission is to unite and support women to advance academically and professionally.”
Follow Alpha Pi Sigma on Instagram here.
Alpha Xi Delta
Founded April 17, 1983 at Lombard College in Galesburg. According to Warrior Hub, Alpha Xi Delta supports “…sisterhood, leadership, knowledge, and service.” This sorority has expanded over the years and has over 162,000 members.
Andrea Lozada (junior, Biology) shared a campaign that Alpha Xi Delta has supported.
“Our sorority supports the Kindly Hearts Campaign which we fundraise to support our communities in some of the areas most directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Lozada said.
She further mentions the perks of joining Greek life.
“Joining greek life is a great way for you to get more involved at school, meeting friends, pushes you to be the best you can be, and gets you net work opportunities outside of school,” Lozada said.
Follow Alpha Xi Delta on Instagram here.
Lambda Sigma Gamma
Founded October 24, 1986 on the campus of California State University, Sacramento. Lambda Sigma Gamma is a multicultural organization and according to the CSU Stanislaus’ Sororities page, their main purposes are “…to instill the desire for self-improvement, scholastic excellence, and civic responsibility and promote unity and higher education amongst women.”
Follow Lambda Sigma Gamma on Instagram here.
Sigma Alpha Iota
Sigma Alpha Iota is an International Music Fraternity that was founded on April 29, 1995. The purpose of SAI is to encourage women to be themselves and embrace their musical qualities. SAI welcomes students from all backgrounds as well as their musical interests.
According to Warrior Hub, “Members of SAI are active in all areas of campus music and campus life, working closely with faculty, administration, campus and community groups, music professionals and patrons.”
Follow Sigma Alpha Iota on Instagram here.
Delta Zeta Gamma
Delta Zeta Gamma is a multicultural sorority that was founded in 2000 on Stan State’s campus. Their goals are to promote serving the community and creating long-lasting connections that revolve around sisterhood.
According to Warrior Hub, “We raise money and bring awareness to the American Cancer Society while also fostering a dynamic sisterhood.”
Follow Delta Zeta Gamma on Instagram here.
Sigma Omega Phi
Founded on April 26, 1990, SIgma Omega Phi is a multicultural sorority that promotes the diversity and culture of their community. Also, education is very valuable to them. They have evolved and currently have six chapters from various California State Universities.
Follow Sigma Omega Phi here.
Upsilon Kappa Delta
Upsilon Kappa Delta is a multicultural sorority founded on December 10, 1993 at Chico State University. Sisterhood is very meaningful to them and encourages it for a lifetime. Also, they love to support their communities by serving.
Follow Upsilon Kappa Delta on Instagram here.

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Panhellenic Recruitment Gets Underway at Stan State